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If you can’t be in the Conservatory, the next best thing is to keep tabs on ‘Wee Stinky’ via webcam.

We’ll be watching the plant carefully this afternoon for signs that it might flower tonight. If it does, we’ll announce extended hours until 9 p.m. Sign up for email updates (right column or bottom on mobile) and you’ll be among the first to know.

Thursday morning measurement

86 inches tall predawn.wee stinky at 86 inches tall oct 13

‘Wee Stinky’ still poised

‘Wee Stinky’ measured 84.5 inches this morning. Growth of the spadix continues to slow, which based on previous flowerings is a good sign that flowering could come any day now.

When exactly? That’s tough to predict. But usually sometime in the afternoon the plant will start to show signs that flowering will begin in full as evening approaches.

When we know for sure, we’ll announce it here and through CALS and other social media, and we will extend visiting hours at the Conservatory until 9 p.m. that evening. As long as the flowering lasts, we will extend visitor hours to 9 a.m. (10 a.m. if it’s flowering on Saturday) to 9 p.m.

If you’d like us to keep you updated, you can sign up for email notifications (right column, bottom on mobile) when we make new posts to this blog.

'Wee Stinky' predawn on Tuesday.

‘Wee Stinky’ predawn on Tuesday.

Cornell Chronicle: Bigger than ever, Cornell corpse flower poised to bloom

Paul Cooper, head grower for the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station, measures Wee Stinky with the help of Bill Crepet, professor and chair in the Plant Biology Section of the School of Integrative Plant Science. The Titan arum is one of hundreds of plants in the Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium managed by the Plant Biology Section.

Paul Cooper, head grower for the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station, measures Wee Stinky with the help of Bill Crepet, professor and chair in the Plant Biology Section of the School of Integrative Plant Science. The Titan arum is one of hundreds of plants in the Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium managed by the Plant Biology Section.

Cornell Chronicle [2016-10-10]:

One of Cornell’s famous corpse flowers is getting ready once again to unfurl its fetid bloom.

The plant nicknamed Wee Stinky, one of two flowering-sized titan arums in the living collection of the Liberty Hyde Bailey Conservatory, is prepping for a dazzling reproductive effort to make itself big, hot and smelly.

Called a corpse flower for the putrid aroma unleashed when it flowers, the titan arum has evolved a reproductive strategy to lure pollinators with pungent signals akin to rotting flesh. Dark purple coloring, a sickly scent, blasts of heat and plumes of carbon dioxide are all deployed to resemble carrion favored by certain pollinator insects. It takes years for the plant to build up the necessary energy to put on such a macabre display, only to burn it all off in a few days before wilting back to a vegetative state.

Read the whole article.

‘Wee Stinky’ matches personal best

'Wee Stinky' early Saturday morning.

‘Wee Stinky’ early Saturday morning.

Saturday morning, ‘Wee Stinky’ measured 76 inches tall — matching its maximum height just before blooming in November 2014.

That flowering was from a 50-pound corm. This time around, the corm weighed 65 pounds. So it’s not surprising that the height of the spadix is shattering the plant’s personal best.

How big will ‘Wee Stinky’ get? When will the spathe unfurl and the big stink begin?

That’s tough to tell. But you can sign up for email updates if you’d like us to keep you posted.

Spathe surrounding the spadix.

Spathe surrounding the spadix.